Korean manufacturer Samyang (sold in the US under Rokinon brand), announced earlier today several new lenses for both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The first lens is the ultra wide fast – 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS CS. We had a chance to play with an early prototype of the lens back at Photokina 2012, but it took the company almost two years to come up with the final model (after announcing it late last year but it never reached the market). finally the company decided to add nano coating to the original design (as well as a few other changes) and it will be available later this month.
Specs for the new 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS CS:
- Focal length – 10mm, aperture – f/2.8.
- Optical structure – 14 elements in 9 groups (2 ASP, 1 ED).
- Manual focus only.
- Minimal focusing distance – 24 cm.
- Coverage – APS-C.
- Filter – none.
- Coating – Nano Coating System (NCS).
- Mount: Canon EOS/M,Nikon F, Pnetax K, Sony A/E, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Micro 4/3 (and 4/3).
- Weight: from 580-625 grams.
- Price and availability: late March 2014 – $530 at B&H.
The Samyang 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS CS (seen above in a video from late 2013) is not the only lens announced by the company today. Samyang also introduced a new wide/ultra-wide angle lens for mirrorless cameras – Samyang 12 mm 1:2.0 NCS CS.
The new lens will come in Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E and MFT mounts, has 12 elements in 10 groups optical design with 2 aspherical elements and weights only 235-255 grams (depending on the mount).
The Samyang 12 mm 1:2.0 NCS CS will be sold for around $400 (on B&H).
Samyang also introduced a completely new version of its 8mm fisheye lens for HDSLR shooters called the Samyang 8mm T3.1 V-DSLR UMC Fish-eye II (with 11 elements in 8 groups including 2 aspherical elements). Currently no stills version of this second gen lens is available.